Then-president Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation two years earlier.
"Mayor Elorza and the City's Human Resources Department are pleased to announce that, in observance of the newly-recognized Juneteenth holiday on June 19, 2021, City of Providence employees will be granted a paid day off, and regular City operations will be closed on Friday, June 18, 2021".
That day all African-Americans were freed from slavery after Union General Gordon Granger rode to Galveston, Texas, and told the slaves of their emancipation.
Ivey's proclamation also comes as Alabama and other southern states continue to grapple with the push to remove monuments to the Confederacy, and rename buildings and schools named in honor of the Confederacy. Cory Booker, D-N.J. and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, reintroduced the bill in February to designate Juneteenth a federal holiday.
However, the bill that passed the Senate and House makes Juneteenth the 12th federal holiday - once Joe Biden signs off on it.
The measure was introduced last summer, but Johnson's vocal objections about the cost to taxpayers to pay federal workers for the day off stopped it from passing by unanimous consent.
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"While it still seems odd that having taxpayers provide federal employees paid time off is now required to celebrate the end of slavery, it is clear that there is no appetite in Congress to further discuss the matter", he said. "Therefore, I do not intend to object", Johnson said in a statement before Tuesday's vote.
Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Sen.
The holiday is celebrated on June 19, and it began in 1865 when enslaved people in Texas learned they had been freed under the Emancipation Proclamation.
In a statement, Markey said the USA has "failed to acknowledge, address, and come to grips with our nation's original sin of slavery".
There are now 10 paid federal holidays.
Texas was the first state to make Juneteenth an official paid holiday for state employees.
The National Juneteenth Observance Foundation, an association based in MS, has worked for years to get Juneteenth officiated as a national holiday.